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In The Moment ... September 25. 2018 Show 429 Hour 1

Alexandra Frederick has dedicated her life to serving her community, responsible land stewardship and leading with integrity.  She is the Democratic nominee for South Dakota Secretary of State in the November election.

She joined In The Moment from the Black Hills Surgical Hospital Studio in Rapid City.

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In The Moment ... September 11, 2018 Show 419 Hour 2

In a world of cyber-attacks and voter rights controversy, the South Dakota Secretary of State's office is responsible for election integrity in the state.

Current State Auditor Steve Barnett is on the ballot this fall as the Republican candidate for South Dakota Secretary of State.

He joined In The Moment for a live interview with an insight on his campaign.

Deadline For Ballot Questions Is Today

Nov 6, 2017

Today is the deadline for submitting ballot question petitions. Those petitioners must submit their collected signatures by 5 p.m. central time.

Currently, 12 petitions are out for circulation. Sponsors are hoping to place their question on the November 2018 ballot.

Secretary of State Shantel Krebs says her office will check a random sample of signatures

Longest Serving Secretary of State Joyce Hazeltine Dies

Oct 3, 2016
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Former Secretary of State Joyce Hazeltine has died.   Hazeltine was 81 years old.  She served as South Dakota’s Secretary of State from 1987 to 2003.  She was first woman to serve as secretary of the state senate. Hazeltine is also the longest serving Secretary of State.

Shantel Krebs is the current Secretary of State.  Krebs says she first met Hazeltine in 1991 while serving as a legislative page in Pierre.

Secretary of State Reviews Campaign Finance Law

Aug 3, 2016
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South Dakota’s Secretary of State Shantel Krebs says she wants a review of the state’s campaign finance law.

She says campaign finance in South Dakota can be difficult to understand.

Secretary of State Shantel Krebs says she’s convening a group of state legislators and state officials to clear up state law on campaign financing.

Krebs says she wants to make sure both citizens and candidates know where political money is coming from, who it’s coming from, how much is given, and when it’s most relevant.

Secretary Of State At Black Hills Forum And Press Club

May 31, 2016
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South Dakota Secretary of State Shantel Krebs says she wants to make her office more transparent for taxpayers.

She addressed the Black Hills Press Club and Forum to outline some of her goals.  Krebs says she recognizes many people no longer trust their government.

Primary Voting Registration Deadline May 23

May 11, 2016
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South Dakota voters head to the polls on June 7th for the primary election.  

But to vote you must be registered before the deadline to qualify for the primaries.

South Dakota Secretary of State Shantel Krebs reminds citizens to keep the deadline in mind in the coming weeks.

“Our voter registration deadline in South Dakota is May 23rd, so in order to vote, for the June 7th primary for South Dakota your registration for your voter registration has to be in to you county auditor’s office by 5 pm on that May 23rd date,” says Krebs.

Guest host Cara Hetland welcomed the Dakota Political Junkies a day early this week.  Madison Daily Leader publisher Jon Hunter and Sioux Falls Argus Leader reporter/columnist Jonathan Ellis visited about the climate conference in France and whether anything will come out of it that pertains to South Dakotans, the latest refugee news in the state, a busy week for the Secretary of State's office as they peruse signatures for ballot initiatives, news that Black Hills State University will lead GEAR UP restructuring and more.

The deadline for petition signatures for ballot initiatives and constitutional amendments is November 9 at 5:00 pm.  Secretary of State Shantel Krebs explains the process her office goes through to certify the large number of petitions coming in.  She also discusses her first year in office in getting the office caught up and the results of a legislative audit.

Former SoS Employee Accused Of Taking Antique State Flag

Oct 28, 2015
SD Attorney General's Office

The original state flag of South Dakota has been recovered after it went missing earlier this year.   

The flag is one of the first two South Dakota state flags ever made, it hung in the Secretary of State’s office.   
The flag was reported missing by the Secretary of State’s office in January of 2015 and the investigation was later turned over to the Attorney General’s office.

Secretary Visits Campus

Oct 24, 2015

The South Dakota Secretary of State likes to know what young people are talking about. This week she visited a South Dakota campus to interact with students and talk about current issues.

Secretary of State Shantel Krebs talked with students from USD’s state Government and Politics class. Krebs says she enjoys the questions and also wants to know what concerns the students have.

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Efforts to improve tribal state relations and new economic development in Indian Country are continuing in South Dakota.  
The Secretary of State Shantel Krebs is reaching out to tribes and forming new memorandum of agreements that help tribal governments maintain commercial codes that are a foundation for economic development.
Tribal business leaders say they welcome the efforts but add that much more work is needed to boost tribal sovereignty, smooth state relations, and pave the way for improved economic development.

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After ten years in the state legislature, Shantel Krebs is getting ready for a new job. Voters elected the Renner Republican Secretary of State earlier this month. She replaces Jason Gant. As a legislator serving Minnehaha County, she was chair of the Senate Agricultural and Natural Resources Committee and also served on the Health and Transportation Committees. In her fall campaign, Krebs said that customer service would be her guiding principle as Secretary of State. She joined Dakota Midday and outlined her plans when she assumes office in January.

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A federal judge says November’s ballot must include the name of the new independent candidate for lieutenant governor. Independent candidate for governor Mike Myers’ first lieutenant governor withdrew from the race. He picked a second nominee, but the Secretary of State hasn’t formally filed the paperwork because state law doesn’t address the replacement.

Four Directions Requesting Use Of HAVA Funds

Aug 5, 2013

The group Four Directions has requested the use of Help America Vote (HAVA) funds for an additional absentee voting location in Eagle Butte, Fort Thompson and Wanblee. The three towns have high percentages of Native Americans and are far from towns that have courthouses where early voting takes place. The State Board of Elections voted against a resolution supporting Four Directions' request. As Secretary of State, Jason Gant says it's his responsibility to oversee the administration of HAVA funds in South Dakota.

Instead of using party conventions to select who will be on South Dakota’s ballot for certain positions, the state could be moving toward using a primary system. The Senate State Affairs committee approved Senate Bill 82 as amended Friday. Senate Bill 82 asks for the nonpolitical election of the secretary of state, attorney general, state auditor and treasurer, commissioner of school and public lands, and public utilities commissioner. The proposed legislation also prohibits a party from endorsing a potential candidate in those positions.

Overseas Voters Get More Time For Runoff

Jan 28, 2013

By Victoria Wicks

South Dakota is currently in violation of the federal Military and Overseas Voters Act, or MOVE. That act requires that runoff elections in federal elections occur at least 45 days after the primary election. Current state law sets the runoff just 21 days after the primary.

To fix the problem, the Secretary of State’s office supports House Bill 1170, which sets runoff elections ten weeks after the primary.

Deputy Secretary of State Patricia Miller says a 10-week delay allows for ballots to reach overseas voters and be mailed back again.

Blank Ballot Explanation Spots Land Secretary of State in Court

Oct 10, 2012

A State Senator from Rapid City is taking the South Dakota Secretary of State to court.

State Senator Stan Adelstein says Secretary Jason Gant broke the law when he left an opposing statement against Constitutional Amendment “P” off the ballot explanation.

Adelstein contends it’s up to the Secretary of State to provide language in a ballot explanation that describes both sides of any constitutional amendment.   

Amendment P changes the constitution to require a balanced budget.   But, Adelstein says the state constitution already requires that.  

As part of a national voting movement, South Dakota’s Secretary of State tours some area colleges this week. Tuesday marks National Voter Registration Day, and Secretary of State Jason Gant has events scheduled at four southeast South Dakota locations.

SOS Encourages Early Military Absentee Voting

Sep 17, 2012

Absentee voting for the November election starts Friday in South Dakota. Government officials are reminding people to register to vote before the October 22nd deadline and request absentee ballots as soon as possible. As SDPB’s Cassie Bartlett reports, it’s important for military personnel to get their votes in on time.